Principles of evolutionary medicine — The book
Since the publication of Randolph Nesse and George C. Williams’ Why we get sick: the new science of Darwinian medicine (1994), there has been a growing list of books and edited volumes devoted to evolutionary medicine, or the application of evolutionary biology knowledge to human medicine. Yet there has been no integrated or comprehensive textbook which sets out the basic principles of evolutionary biology for medical readers and explores how medicine and public health might use this knowledge.
The aim of the textbook Principles of evolutionary medicine (2009), an Oxford University Press textbook by Peter Gluckman, Mark Hanson and Alan Beedle is to fill this gap. This section of the website provides an overview of the book content following its organization. Individual chapters can also be accessed through the navigation bar above.
The book has been reviewed in:
- Science 2009; 325: 1207 (paid content) by Peter Ellison
- Journal of the American Medical Association 2010; 303(17): 1757 (paid content) by Robert Root-Bernstein
- Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009; 6(4): 421-422 (PDF 58 kb) by Edwin Cooper
- BioNieuws, 23 January 2010 (in Dutch; paid content) by Door Lucas Wenniger
- American Journal of Physical Anthropology 2010; 143(4): 650-651 (paid content) by Wenda Trevathan
- Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews 2010; 8(2): 129 (PDF 111 kb) by Zvi Laron
It can be ordered at Amazon.com.
Part 1 Fundamentals of evolutionary biology
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Evolutionary theory
Chapter 3: The molecular basis of variation and inheritance
Chapter 4: Evolution and development
Chapter 5: Evolution of life histories
Chapter 6: Human evolution and the origins of human diversity